The statement from the US Customs and Border Protection in their press statement, which is available on line, said that La Romana Central isolated workers, withheld wages, fostered abusive working and living conditions and pushed for excessive overtime. These points fall under the general heading of Forced Labor as opposed to Child Labor or Human Trafficking . The press release does not mention forced labor in the sense of being physically forced.
In response, la Romana central released a press release that denied everything and said that they had always looked after the welfare of their employees. The press release is also on line.
There have been condemnations of la Romana Central for decades by various international bodies and by authors and by film producers and there have been many attempts by la Romana Central to silence their critics by way of injunctions and threats but this time the company has been called out by the US Government .
la Romana Central is not totally evil , it owns a very good hospital and has reasonable working conditions for the employees who work in the large complex in La Romana but everyone who lives in the La Romana area can see with own eyes the conditions imposed on their workers in the cane fields . I personally would never have issued such as deceptive press release denying all charges but that is never the way of la Romana Central . I think a press release pointing out the progress that has already been made on employee conditions but acknowledging that there was still work to be done especially for the employees working in the cane fields. That would have been a starting point for negotiations with the US.
If this all ends up with the cane field workers having better pay and decent housing with water and electricity , then I think it would be a good result. The cost to la Romana Central to improve their conditions for their employees would not be too great.